When I was growing up, we always had a clothesline. Even after we got a dryer, Mama still hung our clothes out on the line. She's told us stories of hanging our diapers out (and she had two babies in diapers at the same time!) in the winter and how they'd freeze on the line. The clothesline was always a big, even if not always necessary, part of our lives and I was raised hanging out clothes and then bringing them back in again. Many summer afternoons, we would run out there and bring the clothes in just before a thunderstorm. I admit I'm lazy and not at all down with being outside when it's cold so I don't even use my clothesline in the winter. If the Lord decides to bless Larry and me with a baby, our cloth diapers will tumble away in the dryer in the winter. Ain't nobody got time for that!
But. All spring and summer, I use my clothesline and I love it!! My clothesline ain't fancy. It's just a line tied between two trees in the backyard but I love everything about it. There is no laundry detergent or fabric softener in the world that can put that fresh, line-dried heavenly scent in your clothes, your sheets and your towels. I love feeling the sun on my skin, hearing the birds sing in the trees, I even love how the wooden clothespins feel in my fingers. Like Miss Kay said in the hilarious episode of "Duck Dynasty" where they go to get her a new dryer and get lost, it makes you feel like a pioneer woman. And not only is line drying green and energy-saving, it's also free! Sun and wind are free!
I've been using my clothesline again for three weeks now. I usually do my laundry and housework on Fridays when I'm home. Here's my new-to-me beautiful vintage pillowcases that I won on eBay last week drying on the line this morning.
Pioneer woman, indeed.